In the Holy-Crap-did-you-see-THIS? department comes this press release from Heritage that it will be selling original dies and hubs from medallist Karl Goetz.
The first image is from CoinWeek; the others are from the Heritage web site.
The first of more than 1,200 original dies and hubs cut by satirist and engraver Karl Xaver Goetz, one of Germany’s most prolific medal artists of the 20st century, will be offered without reserve beginning April 17-22 at Heritage Auctions’ World & Ancient Coin Signature® Auction during the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF).
Goetz is perhaps best known for engraving the famous 1915 Lusitania medallion commemorating the sinking of the British ocean liner by German torpedoes. His medals later gained notoriety through their artistry and biting criticism of war, with often controversial and polarizing results.
As a member of the Munich Artists Society, The Numismatic Society, and The Austrian Association for Numismatics in Vienna, Goetz medal artistry was known worldwide. Many of his works are still on display at the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin, among others. The first selection of dies offered by Heritage will features those crafted for both government and commissioned works, including the die used by Goetz to famously promote anti-black sentiment in the 1920s. His “The Watch on the Rhine” aka “The Black Shame” medal is infamous for using racial overtones to protest black colonial French troops.
“The dies and hubs will be offered in order as they appear in Gunter W. Kienast’s opus ‘The Medals of Karl Goetz,’” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Executive Vice President of International Numismatics for Heritage. “Goetz’ remarkable dies are a testament to his talent as well as the important, yet tumultuous, events during which he cultivated his fans and critics.”
The entire collection will be offered in three parts: The first, April, 17-22, 2013 during Heritage’s World and Ancient Coins Signature® Auction at CICF in Chicago. Future selections will be offered again in September 2013 with the final selection offered in April 2014.
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Heritage Auctions to offer more than 1,200 original dies and hubs from engraver Karl Goetz
Dale Krueger writes:
I'd like to get some reader response and discussion over the latest Heritage auction coming up April 18-23. Specifically, the mysterious appearance of 500 or so hubs and dies of hundreds of Goetz medals.
When I saw these items being offered in the upcoming auction, with no explanation or information attached, I was at once intrigued, puzzled, and horrified. All attempts to get additional information from dealers both here and abroad (by me and some cohorts) were met with either no response, no information to share, apparent total lack of understanding of the issue raised, and/or seemingly total apathy.
A careful reading of the second paragraph from the bottom of page 2 of THE MEDALS OF KARL GOETZ by Kienast, is very clear.
"Unfortunately, hundreds of metal molds and steels dies, which had been stored in the Hauptmunzamt in Munich, were rendered unserviceable by the bombings of World War II, thus rendering duplications of many medals impossible."
Perhaps this industry/hobby would be better served if more questions were asked, more information was shared with collectors, and certain issues were brought "into the light".
One German connection quoted a major Auction official saying "20% of all coins and medals on the market are not original, but this is not so important, if nobody knows!" My connection added, "I cannot work this way, but what´s one to do ?"
I did see someone START to address the "Chinese Problem " in the last issue of The E-Sylum. I am not an expert....but some of you who are should be asking questions, and demanding answers....even if it doesn't yet affect your collecting niche.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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